Both St. Thomas More and Teurlings decided to play up one division this year and vie for the Division I state football championship.

Both squads have their work cut out for them in the quarterfinals.

After a first-round bye in the select division, St. Thomas More hosts No. 6 seed Jesuit on Friday. The Blue Jays bring in an explosive passing attack, led by quarterback Trey LaForge and wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb.

Not to be outdone, Jesuit will balance the pass with a pair of 800-yard rushers in Charles Jackson and Chris Mills. The Cougars can counter Jesuit with their balanced attack.

The Killer Bs of William Bellamy, Trevor Begue and Tiger Bech should be back in full force this week after Bech and Begue have been hampered with injury. Even though STM is the home team and the higher seed, Jesuit is an explosive 5A team.

Should STM survive, Jesuit, it’ll play the winner of Teurlings and Rummel. The Rebels travel to Metairie to play the No. 2-seeded Raiders in the quarterfinals Saturday night. Rummel is looking for a third consecutive state championship and Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier called them the best team in the state.

The Rebels rely heavily on the pass with 6-foot-7 junior quarterback Cole Kelley. Kelley’s favorite target, Sage LeBlanc, stands at just 5-foot-8 and presents a massive problem for defenses who try to arm tackle the elusive little man.

Kelley will want to keep it away from Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton. Fulton has nine interceptions in just seven games. The Teurlings defense will have its hands full with Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade, a dual threat who has accounted for more than 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns.

If Teurlings and STM survive, it would set up a mammoth semifinal game for the Acadiana area.

In nonselect Class 5A, Acadiana travels to Pontchatoula this week to play an undefeated and No. 2-seeded Green Wave. Pontchatoula scored 76 points in its first-round win over South Lafourche.

Acadiana is no South Lafourche. The Rams defeated Pontchatoula last season, but this Pontchatoula team is led by running back Christian Campbell. The option running back controls the clock and is a big reason the Green Wave has yet to trail for one single second this season.

Don’t expect to see a lot of passes in this one as Acadiana will counter Pontchatoula’s option offense with the veer. Malik Eugene and Eric Duhon are Acadiana’s big weapons in its offense.